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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 20, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

One of NVHomes’ most innovative communities, Metro Row, is now selling! Just steps from the Vienna Metro, in a rapidly growing part of Fairfax, Virginia, this recently unveiled enclave of exceptional townhomes commands a closer look at what many consider to be a dramatically different–and highly attractive–new way to live.

Location, location, location. Wherever you are headed, Metro Row puts the entire Washington DC region at your fingertips. Consider these facts: On the orange line, downtown DC is just 20 minutes away. The eclectic dining, shopping, entertainment and fitness options of the thriving Mosaic District are just a mile and a half down the road, while Tysons Corner, Old Town Fairfax and the future development at Fairfax Circle are only a few miles away. Drivers will be thrilled to discover Metro Row is just one exit off the Beltway, seconds from I-66 and just off Route 29.

The community’s commitment to cultivating evolved living doesn’t stop at its phenomenal location. Inspired by the artistic, clean lines of today’s favored urban destinations, Metro Row features elegant, cutting-edge designs from the outside in. Modern brick façades lead to expansive floorplans with a minimum of 2,200 square feet that accommodate up to four bedrooms, three and-a-half bathrooms and a 1- or 2-car garage. NVHomes’ trademark quality and craftsmanship prevail over every aspect of these stunning townhomes.

Be prepared for the rooftop terrace–it just may steal the show. This captivating space literally elevates outdoor living to a whole new level, offering a fabulous place to entertain, unwind or take in the bird’s eye views. Home prices start from $799,990.

For more information, visit www.MetroRowNV.com or call 571-748-9528.

The preceding was sponsored by and written on behalf of NVHomes.

by Buzz McClain — October 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0

mason-group-trio-1024Ask Jim Fox to describe Arlington’s real estate market and he gives you a weather report: “Hot, hot, hot,” he said. “There are multiple offers and escalation clauses, and properties aren’t lingering because they’re priced right and they show well.”

Fox should know. The longtime Arlington resident has worked the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., market as a Realtor for more than 30 years. Now he owns The Mason Group, a member of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the Number 1 privately owned real estate company in the country.

With such a seller’s market as it is now — the inventory is remarkably low — it must be easy moving Arlington’s residential real estate.

“You never sit back and wait,” Fox said. “You can’t do that if you’re a good agent. We’re proactive. We’re pushing all the advertising out as soon as we list the property.

Fox said his partners, Ki Hatch and Terry Moore, “are diligent, hardworking and treat everybody like family. They’re born and raised in Northern Virginia so they know the market inside and out.” The team was chosen as a one of the top Realtor teams of 2015 in both Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine.

The key, he said, is efficiency in making and closing offers, avoiding common pitfalls and creating a frictionless experience for the buyers and sellers.

“When we find that right house we know how to write the contract and submit it quickly,” he said.

While many Realtors get their client’s pre-approved, Fox said The Mason Group goes further. “We get a commitment letter from their bank so they’re credit-ready to go as soon as they find a house.

“They don’t have to go through the whole mortgage loan process. They’re basically done except for finding the house. That sets them up for success.”

Contact The Mason Group (website is here) at 800-382-2345 or by email at [email protected]. See their Facebook page here.

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by The Mason Group.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Stitch — a 3-year-old, neutered, 6-pound Chihuahua — doesn’t know why his people gave him up at an animal shelter last spring, but he does know that he’s ready to weave himself into the heart and life of the right new owner.

Stitch is hoping for someone who is retired, works from home or is a homebody.

This handsome boy has the classic Chihuahua look (adorable), personality (charming) and bladder (tiny!). He’s lovable and devoted, courageous and comical. Stitch is the lap dog you’ve always wanted and will make sure you’re never alone at home, shadowing you from room to room and sleeping sweetly in your lap, perhaps after his favorite activity: the daily walk!

Stitch is all dog, and all terrier (tenacious and bold!) He wants to make sure you know he’s not a doll and he’s not a child — in fact, he would like to be the #1 little dude, and the only pet, in a child-free home. He’d really love it if you took him to class to learn more manners and maybe some tricks, too.

Stitch is a very healthy boy, current on vaccines, monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. He even had a full dental cleaning in August. His foster mom has had him long enough to give you all the details about handsome Stitch — no surprises and lots of great dog-owner tips.

Contact her at [email protected] or view his profile at http://lostdogrescue.org/stitch-3/.

The preceding was was sponsored post.

by Buzz McClain — October 3, 2016 at 7:45 am 0

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Over the years Beatriz Sampaio has seen the residential and commercial cleaning industry evolve. And over those years her own company, simply called A Cleaning Service, has evolved as well.

Founded in 1985, A Cleaning Service has been providing high-quality, competitively priced and diligently performed cleaning to residences and businesses in the Arlington and Washington, D.C. area for more than three decades. It’s a business that Beatriz has devoted her life to, but it was never her first idea.

Beatriz came to the U.S. from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985 after studying at a university there. After less than a year in the states, she and a friend-turned-business-partner acquired a house-cleaning company based in Arlington. The previous owner was looking to leave the business, and handed over the keys to Beatriz and her partner.

Beatriz had no experience running a business but was eager to take on the challenge. She said she learned by working and watching.

“I was so young then, and so fresh,” Beatriz said. “I had the knack for it. I was born to be an entrepreneur.”

Part of that knack was having a competitive instinct and a flair for leadership. She empowers her more than 50 employees and gives them opportunities to grow. “I guide them so they can succeed,” she said. “We work as a team and work together. Some have been with me all 30 years.”

Their quality has been recognized as an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner (2011-2015).

A Cleaning Service is independently owned and operated and is deliberately not a franchise. “I like being my own boss and I like being competitive,” Beatriz said. “And I’m very creative.”

In what spare time has she enjoys listening to jazz and classical music, playing classical guitar, painting and solving math problems.

To reach Beatriz Sampaio to schedule service or arrange for an estimate, call 703-892-8648. See their website here.

 The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by A Cleaning Service.

by Buzz McClain — September 26, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Imagine your meals being prepared by fitness trainers who eat like gourmets.

No, plain chicken breast and steamed broccoli are not on the menu. But you would expect good, clean protein, a lively variety of vegetables and fruit, all of it seasonal and flavorful and sourced at local farms that eschew chemicals.

Even if you are not a gym rat, Crossfit enthusiast or marathoner — and even if your idea of exercise is your nightly walk with the dog (that counts!) — MightyMeals will bring to you freshly prepared, multi-course meals and snacks created with meats and produce from nearby small farmers that will improve your lifestyle by adding time and nutrition to your busy schedule.

Hence the motto, “Where quality meets convenience.”

And as it happens, MightyMeals was founded by two fitness trainers — Dan Graziano and Alex Lebonitte — who stumbled onto a viable startup business when Graziano, as a favor, cooked meals for a few of his fitness clients. Their enthusiastic response led him to conclude, happily for the rest of us, a home-delivery prepared-food service is cheaper than opening a gym.

Chef Stefano Marzano, also a founding owner who learned his craft at his family’s longtime Washington Italian eatery Luigi’s, brings an experienced hand and versatile culinary skills to the kitchen.

Clients throughout Northern Virginia, stimulated by the quality and preparation, not to mention the health-conscious portion control and the ever-changing menu, have signed on to the year-old business to have their orders either delivered to their doors on Sundays or arranged for pick up at locations throughout the region, including several convenient locations in Arlington.

Because of the rapid acceptance, the company has been able to leverage its scale to purchase quality meats and vegetables from local producers — including Cibola Farm, Parting Ridge Farm, Saddle Ridge Farm, Whippoorwill Farm and the famed Polyface Farm — at rates that allow MightyMeals to price their rotating 14 entrees and snacks at reasonable prices.

For example: Jerk chicken with mango salsa, lemon pepper bistro steak with Brussels sprouts and pasteurized bacon, and bison lasagna are about $10. Penne primavera with beef and bison meatballs? About $10. Cobb salad with free-range chicken or grass-fed truffle burger? About $10.

Among the menu categories are “lean,” “farm to table,” “Paleo friendly,” “protein packed” as well as vegetarian and gluten free. Graziano says clients report that children enjoy the meals as much as their grownup dinner companions.

Graziano, who looks every bit the fitness trainer that he is, says the name of the service was intentionally “not too masculine and not too feminine. But we wanted something strong.”

MightyMeals. It would seem they’ve cooked up a good idea.

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by MightyMeals.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

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Fulcrum Properties Group, a nationally-ranked team of real estate specialists, is expanding to Arlington and is inviting YOU to their expansion party!

Fulcrum Properties Group, an affiliate of Keller Williams, has been helping clients buy and sell homes in the Washington, D.C. area since 2012. The team was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Best of Real Estate Platinum Teams in 2015 and 2016, is a Keller Williams Brokerage Quadruple Platinum Award Recipient.

Fulcrum’s expansion into the Arlington office of Keller Williams Realty Metro Center will be lead by Maria Fernandez, an Arlington resident and named among Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Real Estate Agents in 2016.

Trained in education at Kent State University and Johns Hopkins University, Maria began her career as an educator. Maria brings the communication, listening, and educational skills of a teacher to each client interaction, ensuring that her clients are well-informed participants in making critical decisions.

Maria has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for more than a decade, and currently resides in Arlington. She enjoys exploring new and undiscovered local restaurants, as well as hiking and running along the area’s extensive network of trails.

What sets Fulcrum Properties Group apart is that in addition to getting Maria’s expertise in the Virginia market, you get Fulcrum’s network of knowledge and experience, as well as a team of specialists focusing on the listing, transaction, and marketing processes.

Join Maria and her team tonight, September 22, at Rustico on Wilson Blvd to learn more about Fulcrum Properties Group and how they can serve your real estate needs.


What: Fulcrum Properties Group Expansion Celebration
When: Thursday, September 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Rustico Restaurant and Bar, 4075 Wilson Boulevard

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Fulcrum Properties Group.

by Buzz McClain — September 20, 2016 at 8:15 am 0

Ballston Therapeutic Massage
850 N. Randolph Street
[email protected]

When Olivia Davison opened Ballston Therapeutic Massage in 2012 in Ballston, she had just five tables for her clients and considerable competition from better-funded national massage chains.

Flash-forward to today: Ballston Therapeutic Massage has 10 tables, a dedicated roster of certified masseuses, and a loyal clientele that could not care less about the big massage chain locations that surround Olivia’s business.

There are several reasons for that. One, their type of massage is perhaps unique in Arlington, and for another, Olivia herself.

“Most of my therapists are from China and Korea,” Olivia said, “so we practice Eastern Massage; they learned Eastern Massage in their home countries.”

And when those therapists go on vacation, they are continuing to learn and practice.

“We encourage continuous education focusing on new techniques, not just here but when they return home to China and Korea for visits,” she said.

Of course, Swedish massage is also offered for those who enjoy the familiar method. They also do “deep tissue surrender,” reflexology, pre- and post-natal massage, hot stone massage, cupping and other therapies.

The emphasis is on the “therapy.” Her regular clients enjoy the benefits of targeted massage that is proven to decrease pain, increase range of motion, relieve stress, lessen depression, relieve migraine pain and boost the immune system, among other life-changing benefits.

“We focus on therapeutic,” she said. “Other places have showers, saunas — what do we do? Just massage. That’s our specialty.”

Olivia has made a point to become involved in the Arlington community, offering massage services at public events such as marathons and school events, and volunteering to work with those with disabilities.

“We love Arlington,” Olivia said. “And we love helping people.”

The preceding was a local business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Ballston Therapeutic Massage

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm 0

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(Updated at 2:10 p.m.) Funny and creatively vulgar, Hey Frase is a socially relevant ride with an everyday perspective on pop culture and current events that (unlike radio), now you can see to believe.

This coming Friday, join hosts Sarah Fraser and Samy K — yes, THAT Sarah and Samy K — for the Hey Frase Live Show at the Clarendon Ballroom.

If you loved listening to these former morning show co-hosts on HOT 99.5, and most recently, the STM Show on 107.3, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you re-fall in love with them sans censorship. As a live show, it’s more than a podcast, it’s a party!

In the past, each live show has featured special guests like recording artist Traci Braxton, Real Housewives star Ashley Darby, reality star Omarosa, and “sexpert” Reba the Diva.

So who will Hey Frase invite to the stage for their first show in Arlington? How about restaurateur, lifestyle entrepreneur and publicly proclaimed “King of Arlington,” Scott Parker!

If you’ve ever had to fight the night crowds in front of Don Tito in Clarendon, you can thank Scott Parker. If you’ve ever “Sunday Funday’d” so hard at A-Town that it went to Monday, you can thank Scott Parker.

Scott has had a remarkable social and economic impact on the Arlington community, so Sarah and Samy will find out the secret to this JMU grad’s success and unofficially crown him the “King of Arlington.”

Tickets are currently on sale for $25, and it is advised to get them in advance because the Hey Frase Live Show is known to sell out.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Show Details: September 23rd at Clarendon Ballroom

6 p.m.: Pre-show happy hour starts on the rooftop.
7 p.m.: Doors officially open. Guests can order food and drinks for delivery to their seats.
8 p.m.: Show starts.
9 p.m.: Meet and greet the show and take pics.

Binge listen to latest Hey Frase episodes so you’re all caught up!

The preceding was a sponsored post.

by Buzz McClain — September 19, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Dog Paws 'n Cat Claws Pet Care

This was never the plan.

To be the owner of a cutting-edge, full-service, self-designed, 7,000-square-foot pet care facility in Bailey’s Crossroads with some 50 employees was not what Ryan Fochler envisioned when he started out simply walking other people’s dogs as a part-time job.

But now the dog walking job has grown to become Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws Pet Care, offering a full range of pet care services 365 days a year and accumulating reams of kudos from satisfied pet owners, many who have been returning for a dozen years or more.

“It’s pretty cool to have great customers for as long as I have,” said Fochler, who took over the business in 2004 (it was established in 1999).

To make sure his clients and their pets get the best treatment, Fochler stays current on best practices in pet behavior and management through regular consults with his wife, Katie Holloran, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

He has found that this knowledge helps many dogs that have had trouble in other daycare settings. He designed the Dog Paws Bailey’s Crossroads facility to ensure that all dogs could be successful through more efficient and supportive processes and logistics.

And while that important service has made a significant impression, the bulk of the business is dedicated to those already domesticated dogs that just need walking, grooming, boarding, day-care and in-home pet sitting. Adoption services are also available.

The convenience factor of in-home pet sitting for dogs and cats cannot be understated in the D.C. metro area, a region in which residents often have to leave town for short periods, very often with short notice. And for those clients who require boarding for extended stays, Fochler said that’s where his and his staff’s training comes into play.

“In general, when you give a pet what it needs in a happy healthy environment, it will be more likely to be successful.” Playtime, regular walks, socialization, feeding, medications (if needed) and personalized attention from skilled staff are all included services in the daycare and boarding fees at Dog Paws, not specialty add-ons.

Despite the longevity of the business, Fochler said they’re continually improving their services, responding to changing needs organically. “A lot of great systems we have in place now around here happened by chance,” he said with a laugh.

He is most proud of his daylong evaluation process, which came about due to a dog that was having trouble socializing with other dogs. Fochler’s daycare manager, John, who is always in-tune with dogs’ needs, decided to provide a daylong opportunity for this dog to be gradually introduced to the other dogs at the facility that day.

What transpired was truly unexpected — the dog with a history of difficulty in a group of dogs ended the day happily wagging his tail alongside his new doggie friends, and spent years as a favorite of dogs and staff alike, coming back to Dog Paws regularly.


by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 15, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

As if the location, sweet amenities, $1,000 Giant gift cards and specials were not enough, there are free gourmet Sugar Shack donuts to be had at Alexandria’s Notch 8 open house this weekend.

Notch 8, the brand new upscale apartment community in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard neighborhood, will show the last few remaining available residences during an open house weekend this Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (from noon to 5) while offering an enticing array of special offers guaranteed to turn heads.

But first, the amenities. Those include, among other things, an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, grilling stations, hammocks, outdoor billiards and fire pit; a game room with Xbox One and PS4; a lounge with an 80-inch flat screen and entertainment kitchen; and a state-of-the-art K!CK fitness center.

A few of the finishes featured inside these modern-industrial apartments are stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light and courtyard views, and a hi-tech Nest learning-thermostat.

As this is a JBG community, residents can enjoy the VIA JBG lifestyle services tailored exclusively for Notch 8 residents. From dog walking to dry cleaning and everything in between, VIA JBG connects you with the right people to free up your days. Check out the website for details.

As for the location and transportation options, Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria, convenient to Route 1 and I-395, which offer direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and there is a Zipcar right next door.

In addition, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

NOW for the special enticements.

This weekend — in addition to those tasty Sugar Shack donuts awaiting visitors — for those applying on Saturday or Sunday, up to two-and-a-half months are free AND the $450 amenity fee is waived. AND you’ll receive a free session with the K!CK Fitness personal trainer upon moving in, you know, to help work off all those Sugar Shack donuts.

PLUS, you’ll receive a $1,000 gift card for groceries and goodies at the Giant grocery store that is located on-site.

And if that’s not convenient enough for your errands, also on-site is a PNC Bank branch and a Starbucks café for that daily caffeine fix.

Learn more about these brand new upscale apartments and this weekend’s amazing incentives on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

By the way, here’s a fun fact: Notch 8 is named after the highest gear a diesel-electric locomotive can hit. Attend this weekend’s open house event to find out how you too can live in the momentum at Notch 8.

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Notch 8.

Be Happy in Pennsylvania

by Buzz McClain — September 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

School is back in session, work is heating up and vacation time is over. Or is it? We in the “DMV” are fortunate to have the “P” waiting to welcome us just to the north.

Pennsylvania is close enough for interesting day trips to historic city sites–where you can be out in the morning and back at night–and big enough for extended stays in scenic countryside that varies from picturesque lake fronts to slow rising mountains.

The scenery amid Pennsylvania’s 46,055 square miles seems to change every few miles: If you make the drive north and a little west from points in D.C. and Northern Virginia, you’ll reach the 51 miles of shoreline with Lake Erie; go east and you’ll get to the 57 miles of shore along the Delaware Estuary.

In between are opportunities to explore the Poconos and the Alleghenies, the Lehigh and Susquehanna Valleys, as well as, of course, the history, arts and cultural offerings of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Need ideas for destinations and activities? There is the handy “Happy Traveler” guide created by the Pennsylvania Tourism Board that catalogs the Keystone State’s highlights as well as some of the attractions off the beaten path (a trip along Dutch Country roads, anyone?). Download it at this address.

Meanwhile, consider some of these day trips that are an easy drive from D.C. and NoVa and start making plans for one- to three-day weekends this fall.

  • York: Explore Colonial history at the York Heritage Center.
  • Pittsburgh: Celebrate the city’s 200th birthday (born: 1816!) at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
  • Hershey: Hmmm. Let’s think. Oh, right, chocolate. Explore the candy at Hershey Chocolate World.
  • Bethlehem: Speaking of candy, did you know PEEPs were invented in Pennsylvania in 1953? Get the facts at the PEEPs Company Store.
  • Nazareth: Speaking of inventions, C.F. Martin built his innovative Martin guitars here. Visit the museum and factory here.

And we didn’t even get to Gettysburg yet.

The preceding post was sponsored by Pennsylvania tourism and written by Buzz McClain

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 1, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living logo3% off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

Our team is hosting two Home Buyer’s Seminar events on September 10th and September 12th at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. We have also partnered with special guest speaker Elysia Stobbe of NFM Lending to give tips on how to get the best mortgage. She will be raffling away her #1 Best Seller on Amazon “How To Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye” to all attendees.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington, the #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume and top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.


When: Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Monday, September 12 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
Cost: Free
Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
Food: Appetizers and Drinks
Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

Crystal City Wine in the Waterpark

Get ready for the imminent return of Crystal City’s outdoor pop-up beer and wine garden by stocking up on discounted drink tickets.

Today’s Deal of the Day gets you drink tickets at 50% off. Sold in packs of four drink tickets for only $10 (plus transaction fees), the tickets are valid for any regularly-priced beers or wines available at Wine in the Water Park every Friday in September.

Can’t make any of the Friday dates? You can still stock up because these drink tickets are valid at any event with a cash bar sponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, including at the beer/wine garden at the Crystal Screen: Sips & Sweets movie festival, the annual Father’s Day Auto Show, the Air Force Association Cycling Classic Beer Garden, Wednesday Night Spins, or next year’s edition of Wine in the Water Park.

Purchase Today’s Deal Now

Daily Discount Code: SIPtemberWWP

WHEN: Every Friday in September from 5-10 p.m.

WHERE: Crystal City Water Park (1751 Crystal Drive, Arlington)

WHAT: Crystal City’s popular outdoor beer and wine garden returns for SIPtember with expanded hours. Now opening immediately after work at 5 p.m., patrons can ease into the weekend with a delicious beverage, live music, or even a painting session with ArtJamz (limited tickets available). As usual, experts from the Crystal City Wine Shop and the Washington Wine Academy will curate the delicious selections.

You’ll want to take advantage of this deal quickly — only 200 ticket four-packs are available and the deal ends after noon on Friday. Our previous deal sold out within a day.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

Arlington Construction ManagementArlington Construction Management, a locally owned and operated residential home builder and remodeler, is looking for supervisor/project manager to work with its client base in creating their dream homes.

ACM is seeking a self-motivated individual with good experience in residential or commercial construction, who’s looking for a more flexible/independent work environment that provides a higher quality of life. Most of our work is right here in Arlington or a short drive just outside the county.

For more information, contact Chad Hackmann at 703-224-4428 or [email protected]. To apply, send your work history and contact info with a current address.

The preceding post was sponsored and written by Arlington Construction Management

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 23, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school, but don’t be quick to envision uniforms and lecture halls. At Fusion, classes are one-to-one: just one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows for the personalization of curriculum for each individual student’s strengths, interests, and learning style.

This education model was born of frustration with the status quo, and out of a passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential. This unique, relationships-based school began when founder, Michelle Rose Gilman, began tutoring and mentoring students out of her home in Solana Beach, CA.

After demand outgrew their space, Gilman and her teachers moved into a building and expanded their offerings to be the private, accredited, one-to-one school Fusion is today. In 2010 the first campus replication opened in Los Angeles, CA, and the model has grown exponentially since to 39 campuses across the country in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington D.C., and Virginia. The Washington D.C. campus opened in June, and locations in Alexandria and Tysons will be opening soon.

The educational experience at Fusion is completely customized to ignite a student’s passion for learning. Classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths, and challenges. It was modeled around the needs of students who weren’t finding their place in more traditional school environments – whether they struggled with mild learning differences, social issues, the rigid scheduling of more traditional schools, or the boredom of a classroom not geared to accelerated learners.

Along with personalized curriculum, Fusion’s one-to-one teaching model also allows for the customization of scheduling. Students may enroll at any time of the year, and take classes at a time of day that works best for them, which appeals to students who have demanding schedules outside of school because of sports or artistic involvement.

Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio and mixed-media art studio for students to express their creativity, and two Homework Café® spaces, one silent and one social, where students complete their homework before leaving for the day.

Some students enroll full time, while others utilize Fusion’s tutoring and mentoring services. Families also turn to Fusion to support their homeschooling efforts by taking classes for credit like world languages and lab sciences. Beyond academics, Fusion partners with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.

From algebra to yoga and everything in between, Fusion offers over 250 middle and high school courses, all of which meet state standards. Creative expression is at the core of Fusion, as they understand the pivotal role it plays in students’ well being. They offer a robust roster of elective classes like DJ Performing Arts, Graphic Design, Music Theory, Vocal Fundamentals, Recording Arts, Digital Photography, Film Studies, and more.

The Alexandria campus will be opening soon at 333 John Carlyle St., and are enrolling students now. Connect with them at FusionAlexandria.com or by calling 866.350.4678.

The preceding was written and sponsored by Fusion Academy.


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